Ancient West Tour
Seaside towns, Golden sands and UNESCO world heritage sites
Take a private, guided tour through Cornwall’s ancient landscape. We start at the popular seaside town of St Ives, made famous by artists such as Burnard Leach and Barbera Hepworth.
We then drive one of Cornwall’s most scenic roads, passing along ancient field networks, granite tors, open heathland, neolithic Quoits and Bronze Age standing stones. Here, we explore two of Cornwall’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and hear about the life of a Cornish Tin Miner, an industry that shaped Cornwall’s landscape. We round up your day with our complimentary Cornish cream tea picnic, which showcases fabulous local produce, while sat on the golden sands at Sennen Cove, arguably one of Cornwall’s most scenic beaches.
The iconic and picturesque seaside town of St Ives has a maze of cobbled streets to explore and a vast number of art galleries to visit, most popular of which is the Tate St Ives gallery and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden. Choose from an array of food outlets for your lunch, with many having a seafood theme.
The road from St Ives to Zennor is one of the prettiest in the county. Granite built cottages and Medieval farm yard dwellings bring real charm and age to the setting. The village of Zennor is set away from the bulk of society, where its residents were one of the last speakers of the Cornish language. The village hosts a little 6th Century Church that tells the story of a mermaid temptress.
This submarine mine is precariously perched on the cliff edge, its shafts go 570 meters deep and stretch half a mile out to sea. Built here to excavate tin as well as copper ore and arsenic in the tonnes. The perfect spot to reflect on your day whilst enjoying your Cornish Cream Tea picnic.
One of only 2 capes in Britain, this UNESCO World Heritage site, also sits in an AONB. With views on a clear day to the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall’s archipelago islands. It’s a great location for wildlife spotting, as well as hearing about the history which has shaped this landscape. Walk up the chimney stack and take in the endless views.
A well-known surfing beach due to its reef and sandy horseshoe bay; its shores are dotted with granite boulders and the RNLI houses an all-weather lifeboat to ensure mariners’ safety along this wild and jagged coastline. Watch families play in the sand, surfers catching a wave, and Gannett’s dive for a meal as you indulge in a cream tea picnic, which showcases some of Cornwall’s best produce and most loved producers.